spare (someone's) blushes

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spare (someone's) blushes

To keep from making someone feel embarrassed or awkward. However, due to your family's great service to the crown, we will spare your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried sparing her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, spare

spare someone's blushes

or

save someone's blushes

BRITISH
COMMON If someone spares your blushes or saves your blushes, they do something that stops you from being in an embarrassing situation. Williams spared Tottenham's blushes last night, scoring a superb goal against Enfield.
See also: blush, spare

spare (or save) someone's blushes

refrain from causing someone embarrassment.
See also: blush, spare
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Number eight Whiteley went over to spare their blushes but there will be a slew of questions about the chances of the South Africans in the annual southern hemisphere championship after New Zealand's impressive display against Australia.
It was left to the strapping Australian, John Hastings, to spare their blushes as he followed up his three for 20 by hammering a 25-ball half-century.
The bride and groom are not being named to spare their blushes - but bosses at the Animal Lifeline charity in Sutton - where the three kittens are now - blasted their behaviour.
The 32-year-old replaced Nicolas Anelka after the break for the second time in as many games, as France had to rely on a William Gallas leveller to spare their blushes.
But he begged them to spare their blushes by not using their siren when they arrived at the house in Basildon, Essex.
Indeed, Aleksandrs Starkovs' men needed a late Mihails Zemlinskis penalty to spare their blushes at Skonto Riga's stadium.
It is not through fear of libel action that we do not name the individual, but simply to spare their blushes.
Scots doctors backed the research, saying that men were missing out on improving their sex lives in order to spare their blushes at the surgery.
The Wales fly-half showed ice-cool composure to convert Tommy Bowe's injury-time try and spare their blushes in the first defence of their crown.
To spare their blushes there are alterations to the workings and implementation but many of these are not for the better.
They have now been told to buy an "undergarment" to spare their blushes.
WIGAN survived a spirited Halifax fightback and needed two late tries to spare their blushes.